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5:00. lester holt joins us next with "nightly news." tonight, trump's about-face. he reverses what he said just last night in this raucous debait about torture, and it's hardly his first change-up. what does trump really believe? >> new evidence? the o.j. simpson saga back in the news with a new twist. a knife found years ago on his former estate. why police are only just now testing it for evidence. hotel horror. following days of tearful testimony, a jury will soon decide whether to award erin andrews $75 million after a stalker secretly taped her inside her hotel room. and stopping peanut allergies. what doctors say you could be doing now that might prevent a lifetime of potentially deadly complications for your child. "nightly news" begins right now.
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>> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. republicans voting in four primary and caucus states tomorrow may still be trying to process the takeaway from last night's debate in detroit. besides the schoolyard bickering and taunts that we've now come to expect, the debate did resurface some inconsistent positions on key issues by front-runner donald trump. and he followed that up today with another surprising about-face. while trump's campaign has proven impervious to missteps, it's yet another reminder of how his candidacy continues to confound his critics and befuddle his opponents. nbc's katy tur starts us off tonight. >> reporter: donald trump in michigan today. >> i'm going to be so presidential. i'll be so presidential that you people will be screaming, loosen up. >> reporter: but who is the real donald trump? a true conservative or a chameleon? >> i've never seen a
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successful person who wasn't flexible. you have to be flexible because you learn. >> reporter: the front-runner still throwing jabs at his opponents. >> you defrauded the people, little marco. >> breathe, breathe, breathe. >> reporter: and still hard to pin down. >> so how is any of this telling it like it is? >> well, on afghanistan, i did mean iraq. >> reporter: trump's flip-flops, head-spinning. for giving syrian refugees asylum, then against it. for taxing companies who moved jobs overseas. >> so what are we not going to eat anymore? or oreos. >> they devalue their currencies and they make it impossible for clothing makers in this country. >> reporter: last night defending targeting the families of terrorists and waterboarding, saying the military will follow his orders. >> they won't refuse. they're not going to refuse me, believe me. >> reporter: but against it today, telling "the wall street journal," quote, he will not order a military
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officer to disobey the law. >> to a great extent, a lot of people are voting for him without knowing what he might do as president, but basically saying this is someone i like. >> reporter: today mitt romney saying he couldn't hold back his disdain. >> the time came when donald trump's outrage had reached such a level, that i simply had to speak out. >> reporter: and all those his opponents claim trump has insults instead of policy, will lose to hillary clinton, destroy the party, and perhaps the country. >> this is a time for seriousness on these issues. you have yet to answer a single serious question about any of this. >> reporter: none of them refused their eventual support. >> i'll support the republican nominee. >> yes, because i gave my word that i would. >> i will support whoever is the republican nominee for president. >> reporter: donald trump was supposed to speak at cpac tomorrow, the conservative gather, instead abruptly canceling it for a rally in kansas tomorrow. so far this campaign season, he's only received mixed receptions at similar
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gatherings. lester. >> katy, thank you. in all this nastiness could make it awkward for trump's remaining rivals to support him if he's the nominee as you heard them promise. they all of course hope it doesn't come to that, but they may have less than two weeks to stop his momentum. nbc's hallie jackson is at cpac with more. hallie. >> reporter: good evening, lester. there's a lot of talk about that never trump movement but a better name for it for some may be never until november as all the anti-trump candidates pledged their loyalty to donald trump if he is the nominee. still, all three will fight ferociously over these next 11 days to try to prevent that from happening. ted cruz is looking at louisiana, maine. he's hoping for a strong showing in kansas, too. but so is marco rubio, with three stops in that state today alone. both of them plus john kasich hope michigan could be a state where they can try and topple trump. but the more important date, that's march 15th, the home state
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shoubd. showdown. rubio has to win flor. kasich has to win ohio. if they do and pick up valuable delegates then everybody stays in the race. since all three see narrow unlikely paths to victory between now and the summer, that's why you shouldn't expect to see them team up to try to take down trump tactically. but if trump wins both florida and ohio, it looks like a matter of time before he hits that magic number he needs, 1237 delegates. so march 15th, either trump is the presumptive nominee or we look headed to a contested convention in cleveland. for people who cover politics, it's catnip, but for the gop, it could be a watershed moment that reshapes the future of the party, lester. and one other note for you. late tonight here at cpac, ben carson form alley suspending his campaign, officially making it a four-man race. lester. >> hallie jackson tonight, thank you. the latest jobs report is out and last month exceeded expectations. the u.s. added 242,000 new jobs in february, beating economists'
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estimates by about 50,000. the unemployment rate remained steady at 4.9%. much of those new jobs were added in health care, retail, and bars and restaurants. jobs are exactly what hillary clinton focused on today in michigan, but once again it was her private e-mail server that her critics seized upon. clinton is eager to move forward beyond the controversy, and she hopes that records from a former aide granted immunity will help her do it. nbc's kristen welker explains. >> this benefits -- >> reporter: with the michigan primary on tuesday, hillary clinton is in detroit today, calling for sharp cuts in tax breaks for companies outsourcing jobs overseas. >> so michigan proves every day that american workers are the best in the world. all they need is a fair chance. >> reporter: but her private e-mails continue to loom large. nbc news has confirmed former clinton staffer bryan pagliano was granted immunity to
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talk to the fbi, telling investigators while there may have been routine phishing attempts, there's no indication the e-mails were ever hacked. tonight telling cnbc's john harwood. >> i'm happy that everybody now has been cooperating and giving information. >> would you concede that you and the people who work for you at the state department were sloppy in the way you handled top secret information? >> no. no. >> reporter: today donald trump saying the e-mails are bernie sanders' only hope. >> the only thing that can save him is if something happens to hillary with regard to the e-mails. >> reporter: meanwhile sanders kept the focus on their trade differences. >> hillary clinton was on the other side of many of these trade agreements supporting nafta. >> reporter: clinton dismissed the criticism and saved her sharpest attacks for last night's gop debate. >> the economy, which should be at the top of any list that anybody running for president has, was
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basically an afterthought. >> reporter: clinton and sanders will face off at a debate in flint, michigan, on sunday. expect sanders to again be in attack mode. but secretary clinton has to be careful not to hit back too hard to alienate his supporters, the very voters she will need if she does make it to the general election. lester. >> kristen, thanks. after nearly 22 years, the o.j. simpson case is back in the headlines with a surprise revelation that a knife was found years ago on simpson's former estate. this potential evidence was kept out of investigators' hands until about a month ago. tonight the knife is being examined by police, but sources are already casting doubt about whether it could actually be the murder weapon used in the double murder. nbc "dateline" correspondent josh mankiewicz has more on the new twist in this still open case. >> reporter: today the lapd confirmed that one of their officers had this knife in his possession for some time. even though investigators were
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only able to take possession of it this past january. >> it has been submitted to our lab. they are going to study it and examine it for all forensics, including sirology and dna and hair samples and that is ongoing as we speak. >> reporter: the story police are being told involves construction workers finding the small folding knife while they were doing work on o.j. simpson's former property in l.a., after it was sold to a new buyer. they gave it to a now retired police officer working off-duty at a movie shoot across the street. he claims he was told the case was closed, and so he hung on to the knife for a number of years. >> it was brought to our attention that this retired officer had an item that was believed to or alleged to be possibly taken from or recovered from the rockingham estate back in the '90s. once we learned about that, we followed up and recovered it from him. >> reporter: o.j.
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simpson was tried for the 1994 knife murders of his ex-wife nicole and her friend, ron goldman, in a case that seemed to be on every tv set in america. in an interview airing this sunday, former prosecutor marcia clark speaks to date looin. >> right off the bat there was a sense of loyalty in protecting an african-american icon who had made it. he was successful. he made it. they did not want to see him taken down. >> reporter: the defendant was acquitted despite significant evidence against him. but no murder weapon was ever found. now the fx series "the people v. o.j. simpson" has surprised in the ratings as many people seem to want one more dose of a story that won't go away. this is not the first time a knife has made it to police. other knives have been submitted over the years, but this is the first one said to come from the simpson property. >> his nine-month trial is over. he was acquitted. the civil trial was
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over. he was found responsible. i don't see anyone prosecuting o.j. simpson for anything related to this case again. >> reporter: tonight multiple sources are expressing skepticism about the knife and about its possible value in the case. in part because it may physically be too small to have left those wounds on the victims, and in part because it's so tantalizing, because it surface the at precisely the time that this case is once again on he everyone's lips. lester. >> josh mankiewicz, thank you. and a programming reminder. "dateline" will air "the people v. o.j. simpson, what the jury never heard" this sunday at 9:00 p.m. eastern. closing arguments wrapped up late today in the erin andrews civil trial. the sports reporter is demanding $75 million after she was secretly filmed in a hotel by a man later convicted of stalking her. beginning monday, the case will be in the hands of the jury. we get more from nbc's morgan radford. >> erin andrews is a
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victim. >> reporter: erin andrews' legal team making its last attempt to convince a jury she's still emotionally damaged from the stalker video that was secretly recorded eight years ago at the nashville marriott. >> the trauma happens day after day, and it's never going to stop. >> reporter: her lawyers arguing that the former owner and management company along with convicted stalker michael barrett should pay andrews $75 million for emotional distress and loss of privacy. earlier this week, andrews said she's still haunted by it daily. >> it's going to be on the internet until i die. >> reporter: but the hotel says it did not give barrett her room number and was manipulated into giving him the room next to andrews. it also argues andrews' career has not suffered. >> mr. barrett is a criminal. there's no question about that. counsel is trying to tie my clients to the criminal, but they had nothing to do with that guy. >> reporter: seven days of testimony from 22 witnesses and 49 pieces of evidence, all leading up to
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this. >> now it's up to the jury, seven women, five men. they're given guidance on how to assess damage, but there's no fixed formula on how much to award, especially when it comes to emotional injuries. tennessee lawyer jim todd says even if a jury does side with andrews, they might not agree with the $75 million shiez asking for. >> i work for a moving company. i make 50 grand a year. that's a lot of money to me. i'll give her 50 grand. you see what i'm saying? the juries are going to put their perspective of what money is on this case. >> reporter: the jury has chosen to deliberate on monday, and court will revum at 9:00 a.m. if they do choose in favor of erin andrews, that means they will have to specify the amount of damages. >> morgan radford in nashville, thank you. a newly unsealed autopsy report shows bobbi kristina brown had several drugs in her system when she was found face down in a bathtub, but it does not make clear if her death was a suicide, accident, or homicide.
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morphine, cocaine, marijuana, prescription drugs, and alcohol were all found according to the report. the daughter of the late whitney houston and bobby brown was in a coma for nearly six months. she died last july and would have turned 23 today. the city of flint, michigan, has finally put into action a plan to replace all of its lead pipes. work began today on the first of many homes to replace lead service lines with new copper lines. the mayor says the $55 million project could be completed within a year. a cost-cutting measure back in april 2014 led to flint's water becoming tainted with lead. still ahead tonight, peanut allergies and the new and unconventional approach that might help kids fight them off for good.
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we're back with encouraging medical news in the battle against a growing problem in the u.s., dangerous peanut allergies in children. new research out today could give new hope to parents of high-risk kids. they found that exposing children early, very early, may help them avoid peanut allergies altogether. nbc's erica hill has details. >> there you go. >> reporter: 3-year-old cole was born with a high risk for a peanut allergy. but instead of keeping peanuts out of his diet, cole's father, an aller gist, introduced them when he was just six months old. >> there was no scientific evidence one way or the other about how to introduce peanuts to him. so i just decided i
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may as well just give it to him. >> it's the same approach they took with older son calvin, now 6. for years, the conventional wisdom was that high-risk children should avoid peanuts, the most prevalent food allergen, before the age of 2. >> how about one more? >> reporter: now research is finding what the schroer family learned early on. >> there's an 80% reduction in peanut allergy in individual infants and babies that were exposed to peanuts early on in life. so that's very revolutionary. >> reporter: two new studies published in the "new england journal of medicine" further support the thinking. the first found most high risk children who regularly consumed peanuts from the age of 4 months until age 5 remained allergy free even after avoiding peanuts for another year. in a second study, researchers found exposure to other foods at a young age, including eggs, yogurt, sesame, and whitefish could also protect against allergies. >> it's very exciting to think that we can have an approach on
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preventing allergies, particularly food allergies. we're not there yet. >> reporter: experts recommend consulting with your physician before introducing potential allergens at home. the schroer family is confident early exposure worked for their boys. neither has developed a peanut allergy. >> as a father, it made me feel better that i ended up probably doing the right thing in terms of giving them peanuts early. >> reporter: peace of mind for parents and child. erica hill, nbc news, new york. up next here tonight, what it takes to get a little snow at one of the world's most famous winter events.
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bud collins has died. for almost half a century, collins was the voice and face of tennis on american television. after writing about the sport for "the boston globe," he began to work on tennis broadcasts in the late 1960s, first on cbs and then for decades on nbc, including the long-running
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"breakfast at wimbledon" programs. he helped to popularize tennis and make it successful on tv. bud collins was 86 years old. the folks at linked in are going to be something extra in their paychecks in hopes they'll stay on board. the company said this ceo jeff weiner is giving up his annual bonus, a stock package reportedly worth about $14 million, so his employees can share it instead. the move follows a disappointing earnings report and a big drop in linked in's stock price early last month. and in alaska, the iditarod sled dog race. they had to actually ship in snow by rail for the ceremonial start of the race in anchorage. since last july, even with a special delivery, they still had to shorten the track by more than half. when we come back,
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what 340 days in space does to a person. we'll hear about it from scott kelly. next at 6: off to greener pastu
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===peggy/take== the two drivi forces blam for pushing people out of the s ===raj/take vo=== busineses trying to stay aflt a= the news is next. he is feeling the weight of the world again. scott kelly set an american record with his 340-day mission to
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the international space station, but today as tom costello reports, kelly admitted his re-entry to planet earth has been a little more difficult than he expected. >> reporter: back on the ground for less than 48 hours, scott kelly says he's still readjusting to life in 1 g. >> coming back to gravity is harder than leaving gravity. >> reporter: after nearly a year in space, he's far more fatigued, he says. his muscles much more sor than he was after an earlier five-month mission. >> i also have an issue with my skin that because it hadn't touched anything for so long, like any significant contact, it's very, very sensitive to -- it's almost like a burning feeling wherever i like sit or lie or walk. >> reporter: doctors say he may also have trouble sleeping at first as he readjusted to a normal day-night cycle. his muscles may have weakened in space. bones often become more brittle, and he says he actually grew 1 1/2 inches in space
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because his spinal column wasn't compressed by gravity. but he's already sha runk back to his normal size. >> gravity pushes you back down to size. >> reporter: a big part of this mission, studying the health effects of long duration space flight for a future mars mission, comparing scott with his twin brother, former astronaut mark kelly back on earth. both men undergoing exhaustive exams in space and on the ground. mark kelly today. >> they've already taken 30 samples of blood. >> well, today. >> along his 144 million mile journey, his tweets with stunning photography quickly went viral. back on earth, his first meal was a banana and after a year without a shower, he dreamed of jumping back into his pool in houston. meanwhile, that whole gravity thing is taking some time. >> i tried to shoot some basketballs yesterday, and i didn't get any of them in the net. >> reporter: settling back in after a year
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up there. tom costello, nbc news, houston. that will do it for us on a friday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching. good night and have a good weekend. ==peggy/vo== a preview f wt's to come.more r way. we're tracking the stormsh a preview of what's to come. more rain and wind headed our way. we're tracking these storms hour by hour. how bay area cities are bracing for damage. >> thanks for joining uggs. i'm peggy bunker. >> i'm raj mathai. it's going to be a wet weekend. a series of storms on the way. the rain we're seeing this afternoon and evening is the first round. here's a look at the radar. you see all the green. more storms over the pa tisk targeting the bay area.
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this rain is creating a lot of problems and champ engs. multiple reports this evening. kim yonenaka is on the coast. jeff what can we expect tonight and into the morning. >> we'll continue to see these areas of rainfall throughout the evening. it's going to be hit and miss. we have showers offshore of the north bay. and also some rainfall throughout contra costa and alameda counties. most immediately, on 580 corridor, more of a moderate rain. let's show you the storm system that will bring the heavy rauen fall this weekend. it's about 150 miles, the leading edge out here. the heaviest rainfall is 500 miles away. it's going to take some time to get here. what i want to do is push right into the weekend forecast. a lot of you have plans. we don't want to hold back on this. for saturday morning, scattered showers to start. but then the heavier rainfall start to pick up on the cliff here once we hit 4:00 in the afternoon and that,

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